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What is Pashmina?

Pashmina is made from the finest cashmere wool in the world. It is combed from the underside of the Himalayan Mountain Goat, which are indigenous to the mountains of Central Asia. A pashmina has been valued for centuries throughout Asia and the Middle East, and the wonderful qualities of pashmina are now making it just as popular in the West. Please rest assured that no animals are harmed in the making of cashmere pashmina. Our pashmina shawls are remarkably soft and light, considering how much warmth they provide. Our customers tell us how much they love their shawls, and we know you will receive many compliments when you wear them.

Definition of Pashmina

“Pashmina” is the Persian word for pashm meaning finest wool fibre, the “soft gold” king of fibers. Every summer, Himalayan farmers climb the mountains to comb the fine woolen undercoat from the neck and chest of, himalayan mountain pashm, not to be confused with the endangered Tibetan antelope that is killed to produce a shatoosh cashmere shawl. To survive the freezing 14,000 ft-altitude environment, grows a unique, incredibly soft pashm, inner coat, six times finer than human hair. Because it is only 14-19 microns in diameter, it cannot be spun by machines, so the downy wool is hand-woven into shawls for export, predominantly to America and Europe. Although they have been popular with aristocracy in Southern Asia since the 15th Century, pashmina sales in the West suddenly took off in 1998 when designers in London, Paris and New York started to include them in their fashion collections. Since then the growing demand has helped push the price down to an affordable level.

Definition of Cashmere

Too much confused and afraid of popularity of pashmina as a thing of east and bugged by its undying demand some companies to make huge profits and confining the goods to their own registered CASHMERE as a trade mark item for their own use and benefits and to make it highly expensive out of reach of people as copyright and monopoly business defined their own defination as a thing of west and to restrict the entry of pashmina into west by its own definations to make huge profits for a 100 USD pashmina shawl to sell at 1000 USD as cashmere without any value addition.

Choosing Pashmina

When choosing a cashmere pashmina it is important to check whether the piece is 100 percent pashmina or if it has been blended with silk. We recommend either 100 percent or a 70/30 percent silk blend. “I find that a 90/10 percent blend fuzzes too much, as does the 80/20 percent. And anything less that 70 percent pashmina tends to be too shiny.” A 100 percent cashmere pashmina shouldn’t fluff or pill and should be colorfast. An occasional dry clean should keep it in good condition, and it can be spot-treated with baby shampoo and cold water and dried flat. “Most women select a medium-sized (180x60cm) silk blended pashmina schal, which usually retails at USD 500 in USA.” Since we have our own manufacturing unit we are able to sell the same top quality products at affordable prices.

Pashmina Care

With regular care a pashmina shawl will maintain its outlook , increase in softness and long lasting. We do not apply the brush to make it soft. We advise our client not to ask softness more than required and not to believe that have more soft is right quality. Brushing makes soft and feels thicker but leads to pilling (balling up) and wears out easily.

Always use cold water and hand wash with low pH or normal pH shampoo or pure castillc soap. We advise our clients not to add any chemical like bleaching and never use hot water more than 50 degree Celsius. After washing remove the excess water by hand press and lay out on the plane surface. For restore the finishing lay on the table and cover with butter paper and press with hot iron.